Title

Soft Sound Test and 15 dB Hearing Screening Level for Adults

Presentation Type

Poster

Abstract

Hearing soft sounds is an important auditory experience, especially for those with impaired hearing. SoundScape background sounds are part of the architectural design of many public venues. Adults with hearing impairment are often unable to benefit from hearing soft sounds, even with hearing aids. Adult subjects with hearing impairment identified target sounds embedded within soundScape themes. The soundScapes provided the ambient background for the detection of the soft target sounds. Three target sounds were presented for each soundscape. Two forms of the test were created. Hearing aid gains were set that yielded 15 and 25 dB thresholds. Results indicated that adults could benefit as well as children when hearing thresholds are 15 dB HL.

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Life Sciences

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Soft Sound Test and 15 dB Hearing Screening Level for Adults

Hearing soft sounds is an important auditory experience, especially for those with impaired hearing. SoundScape background sounds are part of the architectural design of many public venues. Adults with hearing impairment are often unable to benefit from hearing soft sounds, even with hearing aids. Adult subjects with hearing impairment identified target sounds embedded within soundScape themes. The soundScapes provided the ambient background for the detection of the soft target sounds. Three target sounds were presented for each soundscape. Two forms of the test were created. Hearing aid gains were set that yielded 15 and 25 dB thresholds. Results indicated that adults could benefit as well as children when hearing thresholds are 15 dB HL.